A Review of Marriott's Frenchman's Cove (MVC) in St. Thomas, USVI

Blog Post created by rle on Aug 29, 2018

I just returned from a lovely, relaxing week in St. Thomas, USVI.  This was my first trip to the USVI (I have been to St. Kitts & Nevis previously but they are in the BVI).  We stayed at the MVC property on St. Thomas just outside of the main downtown area called Charlotte Amalie.  The island is still recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria one year ago but they have made significant progress.  The cruise ship companies have donated millions of dollars to rebuild the island and make it palatable to tourists again but still, tourism is down 80% from what we were told and they lost almost 1,500 hotel rooms across the island. In fact, Marriott's Frenchman's Cove only just reopened in February and the Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort right next door is closed through sometime in 2019.  The Ritz-Carlton and the Westin St. John Resort and Villas are projected to reopen by the end of 2018. So, if a Carribean paradise sounds like a fun and relaxing getaway, please consider heading over.  

That being said, Marriott's Frenchman's Cove is a good resort but not the best MVC I have been to thus far.  They have their own private (small) beach right there, which makes for great snorkeling and swimming (beware of the rocks and sea urchins, my partner stepped on one walking out of the ocean on the first day!)  They have an adventure center where you can book all kinds of activities, many of which are right there at the resort, like Nighttime Kayaking, which was very fun.  The resort also has its own catamaran, which does daily snorkeling trips and sunset dinner cruises.  Three days a week, they have a ferry that leaves from the Marriott's dock to St. John as well.  The resort itself is made up of very colorful buildings (which you can see from downtown Charlotte Amalie) and the rooms are large, very nice and comfortable.  In fact, even with three different levels of buildings, all of the rooms have a beautiful view of the ocean.  The gym is very nice by hotel gym standards and has a variety of machines and weights to make use of.  It also overlooks the ocean for beautiful views whilst running on a treadmill, elliptical or bike.  The staff members are all very friendly, helpful and attentive as well as easy to deal with.  The only issue I had was with the scheduling of our timeshare presentation (I wanted the 10K bonus points) - I showed up without my partner (because of the aforementioned sea urchin incident) and they refused to give me the tour/presentation/sales pitch without him.  So ridiculous. 

Where Marriott's Frenchman's Cove is lacking is in the other amenities: there is only one restaurant, which is the poolside restaurant and basically just serves a bar/poolside lunch menu all day long with a nightly dinner entree special and a breakfast buffet on the weekends only.  There is also only one pool and one small hot tub.  Although I have only stayed at 5 MVCs so far, this is the smallest one and the only one offering only one restaurant and one pool.  For that reason, a rental car is highly recommendable here as the resort is not located near anything else and you will need to taxi into the town or other parts of the island for restaurants and/or grocery stores.  There are, however, many great choices throughout the island but without a car, you are more or less trapped at the resort (I recommend the Smoking Rooster and Hook, Line and Sinker).  At least parking is complimentary.